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Of all the days to not have the video running…

Wednesday started well, but ended with a bang!

I had already ridden a fair chunk of the course for the day’s stage on Tuesday, and with it being quite flat I was able to make good progress. A fair proportion was also done riding with other people. This adds to the pleasure, as well as the speed when you share the work in the wind.
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Great Day for a Ride

The post I had lost came back to me! Great! It is below. Today (the real today, as opposed to when I wrote the post) has started well after disaster last night. Spent half an hour riding with Gianni Motta, and it is wonderful weather. Here is a link for live tracking (since the one I posted earlier failed, sorry).

Today was a great day to be riding a bike through Tuscany. And lucky me, I was doing just that!

Today was a rest day for the race, which meant I had some time to play with. I still planned to get an early start if possible, but also needed a good night’s sleep and take care of a few things happening in the rest of the world.

I was also pretty keen to at least try for the video upload. It didn’t work as smoothly as I had hoped, sorry, but I think a little practice and it will be all good. And with a bit more practice, and some technological assistance, it might just be great. Certainly after the ride and with a bit of editing there will be some great video!

Anyway, I still got on the bike in reasonable time, ready to ride the end of stage 9.

I had stopped yesterday because of the weather. I had noticed the pattern that there seemed to be beautiful mornings, followed by reasonably short but intense storms in the afternoon.

If you have been watching the race you might have noticed this, with a few wet finishes… So when a storm seemed imminent in the evening I just found a good place to stop (a pensione, I don’t mind camping in the rain but with hail and lightening it is just no fun) and stayed the night. I expected today to follow the same weather pattern. In the morning it certainly did, coming clear very early with glorious sunshine, but still cool enough for pleasant climbing. That was a bonus, because I had quite a few hills on the menu today.

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Beautiful green countryside.

The difference today though was the afternoon. Still beautiful and clear, a glorious day in Tuscany, with some beautiful, lush, green countryside. So really fantastic riding all around.

Unfortunately though it was pretty clear I didn’t have time to ride the transition, so as I write I am sitting on a train.

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Italians love the Giro, and decorate the streets accordingly!

Tomorrow things change a bit. The race reaches some proper mountains, and hangs around them for quite a while. This is where the Giro earns its reputation as being a tougher race than the Tour de France. My legs were feeling ok today as I span up a cat.1 climb, but I am expecting a lot more pain soon. I have already used every gear on the bike enough to justify the work I did rebuilding it, but here is where it will really pay dividends. I am looking forward to it, even though I still may end up walking a few stretches!

Meanwhile, the donations are still slowly coming in, don’t forget to check out the great charities I am supporting, and remember, every donation helps, no matter how big or small!

An update: Once again, my early start didn’t happen. This time it is because something has broken, and I need the shops to open so I can fix it. Frustrating.

On the other hand, I am privileged enough to have some wonderful friends, one of whom put in a huge amount of work to figure out how to get some maps for my GPS to me here in Italy. I am extremely lucky, having friends like that!

Will start riding soon, and the link to follow the ride is here!

Cheers,
Rowan

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Wild Weather and Spectacular Coastline

Well, yesterday turned out to be a great day. I had been a little disappointed to miss the TTT but I think I needed to. The trip down from Naples started off as terrible roads in a big city, but gradually opened out. I joined up with a bunch from Germany for a while, but as we got further south the view got better and better, and I lost them when I had to stop to take a photo. Yes, the ferry trip was productive, the camera charging is starting to work. The problem I have now is that everything is flat and I can still only charge one thing at a time. But it will all be good by tomorrow.

At Sorentto I hit today’s course. Again, there are short but steep hills. Lots of them. But the descents, on smooth roads above the Amalfi coast, are just magic.

As I rode along them though I noticed a storm headed my way. Since there is not even enough clear flat land on the Amalfi coast for a tent as big as mine, and I hate getting rained on, I made a beeline for the nearest hotel. Had a great view last night as the storm came over and raged. Very spectacular!

Oh, and the great bit about this hotel? They had a big scale. For those wondering (and I was) the bike with gear is 31kg.

This is short because unfortunately I didn’t get very far, so I need to get riding! Check out the ride here!

Cheers,
Rowan

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Day Two – Quick Spin Around an Island.

It was another good day at the Giro, although I didn’t actually see the race. Today’s stage was a team time trial (TTT) on the island of Ischia. Ischia is about an hour or two by ferry from Napoli, and is beautiful, not to mention fairly rugged.
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Day one – a good day

Well, last night’s post didn’t work. I think the video (now removed, sorry) was stopping it. So here it is now, and the good side is that now it includes the link for live tracking! Post below, read on to learn why you have to watch Orica GreenEDGE backstage pass…

It has been a pretty good day here in Napoli. I headed out in the morning to ride the course (one loop of it, it was a circuit course) and was happy to see that although there were a few sections closed off the access was generaly pretty good and I was waved through for the most part.
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I’ve Been Robbed!

Yes, already. I have to admit to being surprised, and even a little disappointed. Dozens of people told me to be very careful because I would surely be robbed in Italy, and I believed them because the first time I came here I was robbed, but I did hope it would at least take a day.
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It Begins…

And I’m off! I did the first riding of the trip today. I have to confess that for this ride I didn’t worry about the live tracking, since it was only from home to the train station. The rest of the ride will all be live though.  Actually I’m only just resisting the temaptation to turn on live-tracking now while I am on the train to Italy – it would make my average speed look much better

There were, of course, a few last minute problems that came up…
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